By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
February 7, 2016
Since we mentioned the LMT Defense MARS-L (Modular Ambidextrous Rifle System-Light) M7LB2/M7LB2T tactical AR (AR-15) ambi lower receiver in our previous article on the LMT Defense LM8PDW556 / LM8PDW300 PDW (formerly known as the ‘Compressor’), we might as well discuss it a little more and provide some photos and videos on it. The MARS-L features an ambi safety/selector switch, ambi mag (magazine) release button(s) and ambi bolt catch/release button.
DefenseReview (DR) is a proponent of fully-ambidextrous controls on an AR lower receiver, and liked what we saw on the MARS-L. The ambi-BCG catch/release button/lever can really aid in clearing malfunctions/jams, making the procedure significantly faster and easier. The ambi controls on the MARS-L look well-designed, and LMT (Lewis Machine & Tool Company) certainly has a lot of experience manufacturing forged AR receivers. We should mention that the MARS-L carbine we shot sported a Leupold D-EVO (Dual-Enhanced View Optic) 6x20mm magnifier mated to a Leupold LCO (Leupold Carbine Optic) 1X/1-MOA-dot mini-red dot sight combat optic, which Ryan Smith of LMT described as “an amazing system”. DR agrees.
Defense Review doesn’t yet own any ambi lowers (AR-15 lower receivers), but we’d very much like to use a MARS-L lower for a future 5.56mm NATO (5.56x45mm NATO)/.223 Rem./300 Blackout (300BLK) tactical AR carbine/SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) build.
Anyway, enjoy the videos:
Company Contact Info:
Lewis Machine & Tool Company (and LMT Defense)
1305 11th Street West
Milan, IL 61264
Sales Phone: 309-732-9527
Sales Fax: 309-787-2636
Email Contact Page: http://www.lewismachine.net/contact.php
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All embedded DefenseReview.com (DR) photos and videos were shot with an Apple iPhone 6s Plus smartphone still/video camera, but the second/bottom embedded video and one of the two bottom photos (guns back to back on floor) were shot and supplied by POF-USA to DR.
LMT Defense LM8PDW556 / LM8PDW300 PDW (formerly the ‘Compressor’): 10.5-Inch-Barreled 5.56mm NATO/300BLK Tactical AR-15 SBR/PDW (Short Barreled Rifle/Personal Defense Weapon) with Modified/Shortened SOPMOD Stock (Buttstock) and Weighted Bolt Carrier Group (BCG)! (Video!)
Lewis Machine & Tool LMT LM8MWS (also written LM8 MWS) 16″ “Slick Receiver” Monolithic Rail Platform 7.62mm NATO/.308 Win. Tactical AR-10/SR-25-Type Battle Rifle/Carbine Upper Receiver(s) with Lightweight Modular Rail System
Patriot Ordnance Factory POF P308 and P415 (also written P-308 and P-415) Gen-4 Tactical Gas Piston AR Rifle/Carbine/SBR’s with New E2 Extraction (E-Squared Extraction) Chamber that Floats the Fired Case Right Out of the Gun (Video!)
NEMO Arms Omen Recon .300 Win Mag (.300WM) 18″ Tactical AR Carbine/Rifle with Recoil Reduction System Bolt Carrier Group (RRS BCG), Quick-Detach (QD) Side-Charging Handle and PROOF Research Carbon Fiber Match-Grade Barrel (Video!)
Cobalt Kinetics Evolve 3-Gun Competition/Tactical AR-15 Rifle/Carbine/SBR with Cobalt Advantage Reload System (CARS) Magazine Auto-Eject/Bolt Carrier Group (BCG) Auto-Release Feature: Coming Soon to a Competition or Combat Theater Near You!
DR Interview with David Pavlick of Nous Defions about Arsenal Democracy’s Future, and Tactical AR Carbine/SBR and Blackside Glock Combat/Tactical Pistol Accessories, Components and Parts: 10 Questions
Arsenal Democracy AD PDW 8.5″ 5.56mm/300 Blackout (300BLK) Tactical AR-15 SBR (Short Barreld Rifle) with AD-PDW Stock Minimalist Buttstock and Ambi Controls for Dynamic CQB/CQC Gunfighting, Military PSD, and Vehicle Ops! (Video!)
SIG MCX LVAW (Low-Visibility Assault Weapon) ‘Black Mamba’ Suppressed 300 Blackout (300BLK) Piston AR Assault SBR/PDW (Short Barreled Rifle/Personal Defense Weapon) Fired on Full-Auto and Semi-Auto with Subsonic and Supersonic Ammo During SIG SAUER New Media Writers’ Event (Video!)